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18 Tools for Astronomy at Home

From Amateur Astronomy Apps to Space Station Light Projectors

— May 28, 2015 — Tech
Mars One Mission, NASA's Curiosity rover, space tourism and companies launching products into space are inspiring a new interest astronomy at home.

Equipment for gazing into space is large and should seem inaccessible to most consumers since mobility is often not an option. However, as the technology that's quite literally at our fingertips becomes smaller and more powerful, people are now able to explore space from their backyards better with smartphone-controlled telescopes, pop-up planetariums and watches.

Using technology that's already at hand, apps are now making it easy to spot stars, comets and planets from a distance. Whether the tools for at-home astronomy are for space exploration that's authentic or part of a simulation, these both serve as ways to make outer space seem a little closer to home.
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Amateur Astronomy Apps
Amateur Astronomy Apps
A New Free App Helps NASA Discover New Asteroids
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Personal Lunar Spacecrafts
Personal Lunar Spacecrafts
The Pocket Spacecraft Lets You Complete Your Own Mission to the Moon
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Astrology Android Apps
Astrology Android Apps
The Google Sky Map Teaches About the Heavens On-Demand
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Galaxy-Capturing Apps
Galaxy-Capturing Apps
The MySky App Lets Amateur Astronomers Control Professional Telescopes
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Interactive Starry Messaging Sites
Interactive Starry Messaging Sites
The Written in the Stars Site Reveals Messages in the Night Sky
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Sleek Constellation Cameras
Sleek Constellation Cameras
The Newton Telescope is an Ultralight and Innovative Night Sky Device
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Sci-Fi Exploration Apps
Sci-Fi Exploration Apps
The Highest Frontier App Will Transport You to a Fictitious Space Colony
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Space Station Light Projectors
Space Station Light Projectors
Experience the Galaxy with the Death Star Planetarium
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Astronomical Map Apps
Astronomical Map Apps
The Spyglass App Lets Users Navigate by the Stars
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Smartphone-Controlled Telescopes
Smartphone-Controlled Telescopes
Celestron’s Cosmos WiFi Telescope Offers New Star-Gazing Me
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Moon-Mimicking Watches
Moon-Mimicking Watches
The Luna Moon Watch Tells Time Through the Wax and Wane Motions of the Moon
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Planetarium Timepieces
Planetarium Timepieces
The Solar System Watches by Van Cleef & Arpels is Keeps Track of Planets
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Ballooning Portable Planetariums
Ballooning Portable Planetariums
The Inflativerse Offers a View of Space in No Time at All
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Personal Star-Gazing Theaters
Personal Star-Gazing Theaters
Get Your Gaze On in the Star Theatre Planetarium
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Luxe Planetary Timepieces
Luxe Planetary Timepieces
The Solar System Watch is Truly Out of This World in Terms of Style
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At-Home Planetarium Apps
At-Home Planetarium Apps
Luna's Mini Planetarium & App Puts the Solar System at Your Fingertips
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Starry Circuitry Projects
Starry Circuitry Projects
This DIY Paper Circuit Board Teaches Science and Astronomy
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Mobile Constellation-Finders
Mobile Constellation-Finders
Pocket Universe iPhone App is Perfect for Informed Stargazing
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